OK, so Iâ€™m new here, but I may be opening a proverbial can of worms. Not really my intention, but Iâ€™m just interested in your thoughts. Most of us have been smoking meats and fish for many years, and we certainly have our favorite recipes and methods. My "can-o-worms" involves the use of water during the smoke. I can tell by lurking around that some of this group thinks that water makes little or no difference in flavors and/ or moisture levels in foods. It seems to be a consensus that water is primarily, if not totally, a method of stabilizing temperatures. While I agree to a certain extent that almost any large mass will do exactly that, I have done a few experiments that I believe prove, at least to me, that water does indeed play an important part in flavoring certain recipes. I have found that water vapor and smoke molecules will join while rising and will adhere much better to the food being smoked. I have cooked several of the same items with and without water, and have repeatedly found that damp smoke will produce a much smokier flavor- so much so that indeed for items that require light smoking, I omit the water. Soaked chips will create a certain amount of this damp smoke, but once the chips are dried by the element (rather quickly), the smoke is again quite dry. Sand will certainly stabilize the chamber temperature, but will not bring anything else to the party. My findings may impart a debate, but I am posting this only as a suggestive thread. I have had vastly different results with and without water for the same cut of meat. Now as far as keeping the meat moist, I agree that temperatures are far more critical than water. In this case, I believe the consensus to be correct in the assumption that a water pan has little effect on overall moisture levels. Anyway, Iâ€™d be interested in your thoughts about the water issue. I feel strongly enough about it to have incorporated a separate controllable water evaporator on my homemade rig (see my homemade electric rig thread). And I assure you I can tell a hell of a difference with and without water vapor. So what do you all say?